In order, the best things about the Algonquin are: STAFF, location, ambiance.
I arrived on December 26. My first and very positive impression of the hotel was by the doorman. My cab driver from Penn Station was rude, but even worse, he took off with my luggage in the trunk. The doorman ran down 44th to rescue it ... and my entire trip! I was able to get into my room before 11a.m. so I could get settled early. The desk staff was helpful at check-in, check-out, and in-between. The bellman was friendly and full of information, and we often chatted about my theater experiences. The concierge went out of his way to help me satisfy my curiosity about the long line at Bryant Park -- it was for the skating rink!
The location could not be beat ... a super-easy walk to Broadway shows, shopping (esp. the dozens of Bryant Park's holiday kiosks), banks (I needed these after my Bryant Park shopping spree!), restaurants, Fifth Avenue for the holiday lights, Grand Central Station for its light show, etc.
My room was small but comfortable. Despite the age of the hotel, the room was not at all dated -- very nice TV, great bed and linens, convenient seating, and desk. I was in the back, so it was quiet, but certainly no great view. The bathroom was small, more dated than the bedroom, but functional and completely adequate. Everything was immaculate.
I was enchanted by the historical ambiance of the hotel’s public spaces, reflecting its beginnings in the early 20th century. It looked like you would run into a famous author or actor of that era at any moment! The hotel cat was a charming surprise and didn't bother anyone that I noticed. The wallpaper and various room signs were interested to read -- really captured the literary history of the hotel.
The only problem (if you could call it that) was the elevator -- there were two but only one seemed to be for guests and one often had to wait for it. I just took the stairs to and from my room on the sixth floor occasionally.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Algonquin Hotel Times Square, Autograph Collection(R), is an AAA Four Diamond hotel in NYC located just a block from the lights of Time Square and steps from Fifth Avenue shopping. We are one of the most distinct boutique hotels in Midtown Manhattan thanks to our rich history and impeccable hospitality. The Algonquin Hotel Times Square, Autograph Collection is a historic hotel providing the allure of New York City charm, and it has created a tradition of meticulous and prodigious service with more than a century of playing host to influential guests. Our guest rooms offer luxurious features and amenities, including complimentary wifi, 37-inch flat-panel TVs, backlit mirrors, iHome clock radios with an iPod docking station and Beekman 1802 bath amenities. We also offer a prime location near the theater district on Broadway, fashionable NYC shopping destinations and endless attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Algonquin Hotel New York City
- Algonquin New York City